The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's list of Top Safety Picks, with "Good" ratings (the highest available) in all four crash tests conducted.
"Earning a Top Safety Pick distinction from the IIHS further exemplifies Mazda's dedication for creating products that offer the best of everything that consumers want: fuel economy, performance, handling and, most importantly, safety," said Mazda Canada Inc. president Don Romano. The CX-5 is the first production Mazda to receive the full suite of the company's SKYACTIV technologies.
The CX-5 starts at $22,995 with six-speed manual transmission, push-button start, tilt-and-telescope steering column, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. SKYACTIV technologies help the CX-5 to a class-leading 5.7L/100km fuel economy rating.
IIHS ratings are based on results from front, side, and rear-impact crash tests, as well as roof strength, which measures occupant protection in the event of a rollover.
At the same time as my esteemed colleague was off driving the new 2015 WRX in the Californian sun, I was stuck at home in well-below-zero temperatures and snow behind the wheel of a '14 Subaru Impreza. While the two may seem worlds apart, they are borne of the same basic instincts, and that's saying something.